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RODE Ai1 Overview

The Rode AI-1 is a great choice for recording vocals, instruments, and voice-overs into your Mac or Windows computer. It features a single, combo XLR-1/4" input with phantom power, two balanced 1/4" monitor outputs, and a single, discrete, studio-quality headphone output and level control. You can use the zero-latency monitoring mode to connect the preamp directly to the headphone output for delay-free performance while recording. To engage the monitor outputs, just remove the headphone plug from the jack.

The rugged aluminium body is finished with a satin black finish and features large rubber feet, which prevent the desktop interface from sliding about when engaged. The class-compliant AI-1 requires no drivers and features a USB-C connector, which not only connects to your computer but also provides power as well. The Rode AI-1 ships with a USB cable and a license for Ableton Live Lite.

  • Desktop USB audio interface with low-noise Class-A discrete preamplifier
  • The sampling rate of up to 96kHz/24-bit
  • One combo XLR-1/4" combo input
  • Two balanced 1/4" monitor outputs
  • One discrete, studio-quality headphone output
  • Phantom power for condenser microphones
  • Zero-latency monitor mode
  • USB bus powered
  • USB Type-C connector for future-proof operation
  • Rugged body with Satin Black Finish
  • Class compliant-no drivers required
Form Factor Desktop
Channels of I/O 1 Input / 2 Output
Maximum Sampling Rate 96 kHz / 24-Bit
Number of Microphone Preamps 1 Preamp
Input Level Adjustment 2 x Knob
Gain/Trim Range Inputs:
0 to 45 dB
Analog Audio I/O 1 x Combo XLR-1/4" TRS Mic/Line Input
2 x 1/4" TRS Balanced Line Output
1 x 1/4" TRS Headphone Output
Phantom Power 48 V
Host Connection / USB USB-C
Frequency Response 20 Hz to 20 kHz ±1 dB
Maximum Output Level Monitor Outputs:
-6 dBu
Headphone Output Power 24 mW into 32 Ohms
245 mW into 300 Ohms
Impedance Hi-Z Inputs:
0.9 Megohm
Mic Inputs:
1.3 Kilohms
Dynamic Range 104 dBu
EIN -128 dBA
Sample Rates 44.1 / 48 / 88.2 / 96 kHz
Bit Depths 24-Bit
Latency Zero-Latency Direct Monitoring
OS Compatibility macOS 10.10 or Later
Windows 7 or Later
*As of November, 2021: Check with manufacturer for the most up-to-date compatibility
Supported Drivers/API & Plug-Ins macOS Class-Compliant (No Driver Needed)
Windows Class-Compliant (No Driver Needed)
Power Requirements USB Bus Power
Dimensions 12.4 x 10 x 3.8 cm
Weight 0.5613 kg

* Specifications subject to change by the manufacturer without notice

  • RODE AI-1 Studio-Quality USB Audio Interface
  • USB Cable
  • Registration Card for Ableton Live Lite


* Dispatch timeframes are indications only and may vary for multiple quantities. Timeframes are updated regularly during normal business hours.